Lahore – Telenor Pakistan has announced recruitment for the fifth edition of its annual Youth Forum, a program that challenges young leaders of the world to tackle big, social issues through the use of digital solutions. Talented Pakistani youth between the ages of 20-28 who are passionate about driving social economic and/or environmental change in their community are encouraged to apply for #TYF17 which will run in Oslo, Norway, from December 8-10, 2017.
The Telenor Youth Forum (TYF) is a global program that is designed and hosted by Telenor Group and the Nobel Peace Center (NPC). This joint initiative is based on Telenor’s and NPC’s shared belief that young people can use digital technology to drive real change in the world.Telenor Youth Forum 2017 is a year-long program taking place in Oslo and Bangkok, which will challenge what delegates know and how they make an impact on the world. Selected applicants will also attend 2017 Nobel Peace Prize festivities in Oslo. The TYF 2017 program requires a one-year commitment and includes a second gathering in Bangkok in May 2018. The selected delegates are expected to work virtually throughout the TYF year with their assigned teams, averaging around two hours per week. Their work will, over the course of the year, create digital services that address urgent social challenges originally posed to them at the event’s kickoff in December.
“We are pleased to announce recruitment for the fifth Telenor Youth Forum and highly encourage young Pakistani leaders to join us on this brilliant platform and showcase their innovative solutions that carry the potential to change the Pakistani society for the better,” said IrfanWahab Khan, CEO, Telenor Pakistan. “Telenor Youth Forum is a true manifestation of our vision of ‘empowering societies’ and we couldn’t be happier when we look back at our TYF journey and see how Pakistani youth made their mark on this international gathering of futuristic minds.”
The Telenor Youth Forum delegates receive guidance and mentorship from experts at such reputable organizations as UNICEF, the World Education Foundation, the Red Cross, Techfugees and Telenor Research. Throughout the TYF journey, the mentors will equip the delegates with real-world, relevant skills such as service design, service and product prototyping, presenting, exhibiting and pitching, in addition to insights on issues that can only be gained through hands-on experience.
At the end of each TYF, the team whose new product or service idea is deemed the most viable and/or impactful is chosen as the winner. This team is then awarded with a second trip to Oslo and a speaking slot at the next round of TYF. Last year’s TYF delegates are still in the midst of their TYF journey and are currently tackling the issues of climate change, education for young refugees, mental health taboos, gender equality and unemployment. The teams are mid-way through the program and will be gathering later this month in Bangkok to further their work.